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Stories about Cuba

12 May 2016

Latin America and the Middle East Take One Step Closer to Each Other on the Dance Floor

"Just like we always dreamed, music will bring people together and give us a chance at world peace."

11 February 2016

An LGBT Blog Is Suspended Over Mention of Cuba’s 1960s-Era Labor Camps

Global Voices Advocacy

"I honestly hoped it was a technical glitch...I don't know how this 'defames the Revolution,' as the judgment issued to us says."

31 January 2016

Once a Prisoner in Cuba, a Transgender Cuban Woman Vows to Never Return

These days, it’s a lot easier to travel between the US and Cuba, but some Cubans have no interest in going back to their homeland.

23 November 2015

The Struggle of More Than One Thousand Cuban Immigrants Stranded in Central America

Some 1,500 Cubans are stranded at the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua after Nicaragua denies them entry, and violently turns them away alleging "violation of sovereignty."

8 September 2015

A Poster Show That Links Havana, Tehran and Seattle

The curators have jokingly titled the collection the “SHT show” because, they write, when the get together it’s fun. "No politics, no prejudices—just an appreciation of our common interests."

7 September 2015

Browsing the Web from Cuba's Public Hotspots

Global Voices Advocacy

Internet in Cuba – from public access points – is limited to using one social network, an email service, and chat and video applications.

17 August 2015

Raising Flags and Hopes

The Bridge

"We are witnessing a new era in Cuba. . . for the first time in my life there isn’t a specific enemy we're expected to fight at all costs."

17 July 2015

Cuba Si, Google No: Cuban Officials Rumored to Reject Google's Free WiFi Offer

Global Voices Advocacy

In the words of a journalist who has resided in Havana since the early 1990s, "They say that when the donation is too large, even the poor become suspicious."

18 June 2015

A New Mesoamerican Film and Radio Festival Is Spreading the Word About Indigenous Struggles

The First Mesoamerican Community Film and Radio Festival began on June 10 in Oaxaca and will continue on to various countries in the region from later in June.

14 June 2015

Journalism Professor Elaine Diaz Is Testing the Limits of Media Freedom in Fast-Changing Cuba

Cuba's constitution outlaws independent media. But University of Havana professor and GV author Elaine Diaz is taking a risk to try to roll back those restrictions.

30 May 2015

After 33 years, Cuba Is Off the US List of Countries Sponsoring Terrorism

The list is reserved for nations that, according to the US government, repeatedly provide support for international acts of premeditated, politically motivated violence against non-combatants.

27 May 2015

Americans Could Soon Benefit from a Lung Cancer Vaccine Developed in Cuba

Now that relations between US and Cuba are improving, the US wants to see if it can benefit from the vaccine.

20 May 2015

A Tale of AIDS, Love and Survival in Cuba

During the Special Period in Cuba, rock and heavy metal fans infected themselves with AIDS in order to have better living conditions, Radio Ambulante reports.

12 May 2015

Can This US Presidential Hopeful Capture Republican and Latino Hearts?

The Bridge

Marco Rubio is one of the most-watched Republican candidates because of what he represents to a new generation of Latinos, but he has a number of hurdles to overcome.

15 April 2015

Cuba at the Summit of the Americas: The Struggle for Voice and Representation

The Summit of the Americas shined a spotlight on the political divisions that characterize Cuban civil society inside the country and abroad.

8 April 2015

What Does Airbnb's Cuba Launch Mean for US Citizens and Cuban Homeowners?

Renting out rooms is nothing new to Cubans, who have been doing so as an additional source of income for more than two decades.

19 February 2015

Cuban LGBT Activist Takes On Conservative ‘Family Code’

An article published in the state newspaper Granma has fueled a debate about the obsolescence of the Cuban Family Code.

18 February 2015

Cuba Announces New IT Policy and Does Not Mention Internet Access

Global Voices Advocacy

ICT use and access is one of the talking points in the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States.

12 February 2015

The Honest, Controversial Profile of a Cuban Nurse Who Died Abroad

The article about Reynaldo Villafranca, who died of malaria, offered a human take on Cuban medical internationalism beyond the official narrative of heroism. Such honesty didn't sit well with everyone.

9 February 2015

Netflix is Coming to Cuba — But Will They Have Any Customers?

Global Voices Advocacy

Netflix seems unaware that even those Cubans who have Internet access do not have a strong enough connection to watch videos online.

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